#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Brutus, Cassius, and other high-ranking Romans murder Caesar, because they believe his ambition will lead to tyranny. The people of Rome are on their side until Antony, Caesar’s right-hand man, makes a moving speech. The conspirators are driven from Rome, and two armies are formed: one side following the conspirators; the other, Antony. Antony has the superior force, and surrounds Brutus and Cassius, but they kill themselves to avoid capture.
Plot: The assassination of the would be ruler of Rome at the hands of Brutus and company has tragic consequences for the idealist and the republic.
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Beware the Ides of March
Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s 1953 film exploring the life and death of larger than life Julius Caesar wastes no time engaging the audience. With Louis Calhern in the titular role and Marlon Brando as his faithful friend Mark Antony, the film goes into great detail about what gets Caesar killed by associates of his, and even greater detail of the thirst for power after his death. Julius Caesar, the film, goes down a dark road proving Nietzsche’s Will to Power lives within even the most trusted of our allies.
Caesar is enjoying more praise than ever when he returns to Rome after defeating Pompey. During a victory celebration Caesar attends with his most trusted allies Cassius (John Gielgud) and Brutus (James Mason) he is warned by a Soothsayer to beware the Ides of March. Caesar ignores the warning and goes about the celebration unknowing that conversations are taking place regarding his rise to power. They believe Caesar to be untrustworthy and think he will become a tyrant. Fueled by lies and anger, a plot is masterminded to murder Caesar. On the 15th day of March, Caesar prepares to go to the senate, his wife Calpurnia (Greer Garson) begs him not to go due to a vivid dream she had in which Caesar was murdered. Caesar scoffs and goes anyway, being warned by another Soothsayer along the way. Ignoring this second warning, Caesar makes his way to the senate where the conspirators circle him and begin to stab him one by one. Upon seeing his dear friend Brutus among the murderers, Caesar succumbs to his wounds and dies. Mark Antony (Marlon Brando), who was led away from Caesar on the fateful day under false pretenses, joins with Caesar’s adopted son and successor, Octavius (Douglass Watson) to avenge his death. They achieve their goal with Cassius and Titinius (John Parrish) being killed in the war that ensues, leaving only Brutus left alive of the conspirators. Seeing death as inevitable, Brutus kills himself and is pardoned by Octavius as acting, in what he believed, to be the best course of action for Rome.
Audiences are immediately engaged in the film from the very beginning. A gripping speech in the opening scene catapults the audience to ancient Rome, bringing it alive through the production design mimicking Roman architecture and language. For one, Caesar dies at almost exactly halfway through the film. I personally love a movie that will throw the audience for a loop by killing off its main character. Of course, being familiar with the play Julius Caesar, I knew he would be killed, but I did not know he would be killed so early on, leaving half the film to deal with the aftermath of his murder. Likewise, Marlon Brando’s Mark Antony was hardly in the first half of the movie; being a fan of Brando’s I was initially disappointed about this, however, he more than makes up for his absence with a strong second act. The costumes and production designs were an absolute treat, recreating ancient Rome, and making me feel like I had gladiator sandals on. The film was more than deserving of the Oscar it received that year for Art Direction (encompassing set decoration). I am shocked however that it wasn’t even nominated for a statuette in the Costume Design category. The ghost Caesar that haunted Brutus was a directorial feat considering the time in which the picture was filmed. Its looming presence agonized Brutus, leading him to believe that Caesar was not at rest. The film was a stunning achievement of its time and one that I recommend be enjoyed by all. Personally, I have a yearly tradition of watching this film every year on the Ides of March and it has yet to get old.
MGM Does Shakespeare
This is an admirable attempt by MGM to do Shakespeare. The studio cast a range of great actors to fill the roles, and the result is generally very agreeable. Great production values, set design and costuming set off a quite fine Shakespeare production.
The film is probably most memorable to today’s audiences because it features Marlon Brando in a rather atypical role. Proving his astounding acting talent, Brando mastered the language of the Bard and is truly excellent as Marc Antony. Yet James Mason, as the quiet, thoughtful Brutus, is even better. Mason’s subtely and underplaying perhaps makes audiences forget how great he truly was. As someone one said, he could suggest a whole range of emotions in his relatively passive, calm face. Mason is a brilliant Brutus, and it is a performance that ranks amongst his best.
John Gielgud brings his classical English stage training to Cassius, and Gielgud is as fine as ever. Louis Calhern at first seems an unusual choice for Julius Caesar, yet he brings a great sense of dignity to his role. Edmond O’Brien shows what a great actor he really was in playing Casca, and although Greer Garson and Deborah Kerr are wasted in sub-ordinate roles, they are a welcome presence. I also liked George Macready as Marullus. Macready’s sinister Ballin Mundson from GILDA is forever burned into my brain, and he is again memorable here.
Overall I liked the film, Mankiewicz was a very able director and he handles Shakespeare well. The only problems I have with it is, although the MGM sound stage looks as fantastic as ever, it is perhaps too glossy. It also very moves slowly, and I think part of the blame lies in Shakespeare’s play itself. JULIUS CAESAR is not a perfect play, and it does have one big flaw- it loses dramatic tension after Marc Antony’s big speech. So I think many of the film’s faults are attributed to MGM and Mankiewicz trying to film the play verbatim. Unlike the Olivier films, the play here is not really adapted for the film medium, different from the stage, and a few different techniques could have been used to bring the themes across. Nevertheless, its still very worthwhile.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr (120 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Biography, Drama, History
Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Writer William Shakespeare (play)
Actors Marlon Brando, James Mason, John Gielgud, Louis Calhern
Awards Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 7 nominations.
Production Company Metro Goldwyn Mayer
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (original release), Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1, 2.20 : 1 (1969 UK re-release)
Film Length 3,290 m (12 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm, 70 mm (blow-up) (1969 UK re-release)